Ghent film festival kicks off with Belgian Oscar entry 'Close'

Ghent film festival kicks off with Belgian Oscar entry 'Close'
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The 49th edition of Film Fest Ghent started on Tuesday and for the next 11 days - until 22 October - it will take over Ghent's cinemas with no fewer than 116 feature films, 40 short films and 3 television series.

Film Fest Ghent opened on 11 October with 'Close,' the second full-length film by Lukas Dhont and Belgium's entry for the Oscars.

The red carpet was already rolled out on the steps of the Ghent Kinepolis on Tuesday for the first guests, who were scheduled to make their appearance on Tuesday evening.

This year's film festival focuses on South Korean cinema: nine recent films, eleven genre films selected by film critic Patrick Duynslaegher, and a film music concert devoted to Korean composers in Muziekcentrum De Bijloke.

The film festival's campaign image and posters are adorned by the picture of Jung Jae-il, composer of the music in the film 'Parasite' and the series 'Squid Game.'

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The directors Im Sang-soo ('Heaven: To the Land of Happiness'), Park Song-yeol ('Hot in Day, Cold at Night') and July Jung ('Next Sohee') will be in Ghent to attend the screening of their movies.

The festival's programme is not limited to films. Many directors and actors will personally present their work to moviegoers. In the Directors' Talks and Composers' Talks, directors and composers will be given an additional platform to talk about their works.

In addition, the Talkies, the daily talk show of the film festival, takes place in the Film Fest Café in the afternoons.

The World Soundtrack Awards will be held at the end of the film festival, on Saturday 22 October.

For those who like things a little more experimental, there is Videodream in the Viernulvier arts centre, where eclectic music and cult films go hand in hand.

The complete programming of Film Fest Ghent can be consulted on the website. There, visitors can create a watch list with their favorite films from the festival and buy tickets online.

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